PhD student position in Computational Physics of Metasurface Emitting Lasers

Updated: 23 days ago
Deadline: 15 Apr 2021

Chalmers University of Technology is launching the project "Metasurface-Emitting Lasers," a 5-year project funded by the Wallenberg Foundation. As part of this project, we are seeking a highly motivated candidate for a PhD project focused on metasurfaces and metasurface emitting lasers. You will study theoretical aspects of lasers containing nanophotonic structures such as metasurfaces and photonic crystal membranes and develop designs for such nanophotonic structures in close collaboration with experimental groups at Chalmers.
Information about the project
Phase-gradient metasurfaces are built from subwavelength particles whose properties are systematically varied over a surface. This allows one to control the phase of light that is transmitted through or reflected from the metasurface, which in turn makes it possible to construct extremely compact analogues of most common optical components, such as lenses, prisms, and polarizers. One particularly attractive option is to integrate metasurfaces with equally compact miniature laser sources (so-called VCSELs). This PhD project focuses on investigating and developing metasurfaces and metasurface emitting lasers using theoretical and computational tools. The design of these lasers will be in close collaboration with experimental groups in our photonics and bionanophotonics labs, e.g., for the development of large-area UV lasers and bioapplications.

This is one of several PhD projects within the Wallenberg project "Metasurface-emitting Lasers: Tomorrow's Light Sources":
PhD student position in Life-science Applications of Metasurface Emitting Lasers, ref 20210087
PhD student position in Optoelectronics - Lasers with Optical Metasurfaces, ref 20210106

You will be embedded in the condensed matter and materials theory division, a vibrant research group tackling questions ranging from nanomechanics to optics and quantum physics. Chalmers University of Technology is a leading research institution in nanoscience and hosts one of Europe's largest and most well equipped clean rooms dedicated to nanofabrication, as well as state-of-the-art high-performance computing equipment.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibility as a PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. This includes developing scientific concepts and communicating research results both verbally and in writing. In addition to the research project, you will also take graduate courses within the graduate school of Physics. The majority of your working time will be devoted to your own research and competence development, but you may also be involved in teaching and other departmental duties.

A PhD position at Chalmers is a full-time, time-limited research position and an opportunity to qualify for further research positions within academia or industry. We offer a competitive salary, excellent working conditions, and access to world-class facilities and infrastructure.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

The applicant should have, or expect to soon obtain, a M.Sc. degree in physics, electrical engineering, or an equivalent degree in a related subject area. Knowledge of condensed matter physics, electromagnetism, and/or optics is advantageous. The applicant should be interested in both condensed matter physics/optics and computational physics.

You will be expected to take initiative, work independently when needed, demonstrate creativity, and take responsibility for your work. You will also need to be able to disseminate results and knowledge within the scientific community and to a broader public. To that end, the applicant should have good command of both spoken and written English.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg .
Read more about working at Chalmers  and our benefits  for employees. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20210092 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV:(Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV, including name, e-mail address, and telephone of two references that we may contact.

Personal letter:(Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-2 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself;
• Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities);
• Describe your future goals and future research interests.

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor's and/or master’s thesis;
• Copies or transcripts of completed education, grades, and other certificates, e.g., TOEFL test results;
• Two recommendation letters. To ensure confidentiality, recommendation letters need to be sent directly to Prof. Tassin. Letters uploaded by the candidates will not be accepted.

Please use the button at the bottom of the page to reach the application form. Only PDF files may be attached (no ZIP or other compressed files).

Application deadline: 15th April, 2021.
Review of applications will start on April 1st, 2021, and new applications are accepted until the position is filled.

For questions, please contact:

Philippe Tassin,

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